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British Summer TimeLook forward to brighter evenings ahead as clocks spring forward from 1am Greenwich Mean Time to 2am British Summer Time in the early hours of this Sunday (March 26).
Huddersfield Literature Festival offers more than 50 events
The annual festival was established in 2006 and offers more than 50 events at accessible venues around the town and online to bring major names and emerging writers and artists to the town at talks, workshops, poetry events and other arts performances.
Venues also hosting festival events include the Festival Hub at the Princess Alexandra Walk, Lawrence Batley Theatre, the University of Huddersfield, Tolson Museum at Moldgreen, Small Seeds at the corner of New Street and Castlegate in Huddersfield town centre,
More information at the
Film Festival weekend in Hebden Bridge
The town in the Calder Valley stages the Hebden Bridge Film Festival from Friday to Sunday (March 24 to 26) with a packed programme of world cinema aiming to showcase films with a theme of "Hope and Resistance".
The festival venues are the Hebden Bridge Picture House and Hebden Bridge Town Hall.
More details about the festival can be found at the
Engineering work continues to hit rail services
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North Yorkshire changes now just days away
Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby District Councils will disappear and the North Yorkshire County Council will be reformed as a "unitary authority" — one which will be massively bigger than any other such authority in the country.
The area is also about 3½ times bigger than Yorkshire's present largest unitary authority, East Riding of Yorkshire.
North Yorkshire is the largest county in England, covering 3,109 square miles, and including around 500 towns and villages and one small city.
The county stretches across around 92 miles west to east and around 67 miles from its northernmost tip to its southernmost point. To drive from Skipton in the West to Scarborough in the east takes, at best, around 2 hours 15 minutes. The area includes two National Parks, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Heritage Coast.
Changes will include the establishment of 30 community networks to help set local priorities at North Yorkshire County Council as it makes budget savings. The Parish and Town Councils of more than 700 parishes across North Yorkshire are also likely to be making a greater contribution to local services. Harrogate and Scarborough are the only towns where these have yet to be established.
Other changes residents will notice will be access to all council services across North Yorkshire through one telephone number, however the county council says there will be a main office in each of the former districts, supported by around 30 new additional local access points across the county.
Read more about the forthcoming changes on this
North Yorkshire district abolition page.
Find our Gazetteer list of places covered by the
North Yorkshire unitary authority.
New era for another part of historic Yorkshire
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Now Cumbria, established as an administrative county in 1974, is being split in two as both it and its district councils are being abolished.
The parts of Yorkshire which were in South Lakeland district will be in a new larger Westmorland and Furness unitary authority forming the south-eastern half of the Cumbria split and stretching from Barrow-in-Furness to Penrith.
Westmorland was one of Britain's historic counties, not as old as Yorkshire but with origins in the 13th century. The new district, while including the name, does not match the historic county boundaries but those of three of the 1974 district authorities — Barrow, South Lakeland and Eden.
The Furness of the name reflects the parts of pre-1974 Lancashire in the new authority. Westmorland and Furness includes the part of Yorkshire moved in 1974 and also includes a part of historic Cumberland around Penrith, which is currently the Eden district.
The other new unitary authority formed from the north-west half of the Cumbria split will in fact be known as Cumberland but will exclude the area around Penrith and therefore not match the pre-1974 historic county of Cumberland.
The new Westmorland and Furness authority will retain offices in Barrow, Penrith and its principal base of Kendal, which was the centre of the South Lakeland district.
Kendal has Westmorland's County Hall, built at the end of the 1930s after Kendal had become the meeting place of the Westmorland County Council. However, Appleby was for many centuries the original Westmorland county town.
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Discover Yorkshire castles
Yorkshire is a region of fine stone castles, though much of this grand architecture has been reduced to ruins during turbulent times in the region's past. The castles are rich in their history as homes in times of peace and strongholds in times of civil war. Some still dominate the landscape while in some locations there is now little evidence of their darkest days.
Clean air Sheffield doubling electric vehicle charge fees
A Clean Air Zone started in Sheffield on Monday February 27 presenting charges for polluting vehicles including public transport like buses and taxis.
From April 1 the council is increasing fees at electric vehicle charging points situated in its car parks from 30p/kWh to 72p/kWh.
The council says the increase will bring it into line with the national average price amid significant rises in energy prices.
The Clean Air Zone affects road users on and within the A61/A57
Heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches which do not meet minimum standards face a hefty £50 daily charge if entering the zone. Payments can be up to six days before or after driving in the zone.
The minimum standards for diesel and petrol vehicles falling into these categories are generally those vehicles defined as having Euro 6 diesel or Euro 4 petrol engines.
Private car owners and motorcyclists should not need to worry about Clean Air as it does not affect them.
While we would urge you to park up to surf the internet and not to do so while driving, further details are at this
Sheffield Clean Air Zone page.
Scenic route to Whitby will continue for £2 fare
It follows extra Government funding to support buses which will extend a £2 fare cap scheme for a further three months until the end of June.
A review of the route will now take place in the Autumn as parent bus company Transdev works with North Yorkshire County Council on longer-term plans.
Despite the fantastic route, the bright-blue double-deckers had been struggling to find enough regular passengers before the £2 scheme, especially during the winter months. It led to to some residents along the route recently launching a "Save the 840" petition after hearing the route was under review with fears it might come to an end unless it received public subsidies.
Back in 2018, more than 5,000 people voted in the online bid to find the most scenic bus route in Britain. Among other Yorkshire nominations were the
The Government national £2 fare cap scheme running until the end of June is in addition to longer-term £2 schemes currently operating within the boundaries of West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire.
Not all routes are included in the Government £2 fare cap scheme, although some are listed as not included while being included in the West Yorkshire or South Yorkshire £2 fare cap scheme.
Details can be found at this
GOV.UK - £2 bus fare cap web page.
Beauty and history on 60 miles of heritage coast
Divided into three sections to the north, centre and south of the Yorkshire coastline, it offers picturesque and sometimes isolated locations where the natural wonders of Yorkshire and the North Sea collide.
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York among the most welcoming places on Earth
The travel company point to the great selection of things to do in the historic medieval-walled city.
York provided a UK destination among the World's 10 most welcoming places which also included Polignano a Mare, Italy; Huallen City, Taiwan; San Sebastian, Spain; Dresden, Germany; Klaipeda, Lithuania; Ushuaia, Argentina; Porto de Galinhas, Brazil; Mexico City, Mexico; and Gold Coast, Australia.
York, at one time the seat of the Emperor of Rome and later a historic Viking settlement, is no stranger to plaudits having in recent years been named as Britain's favourite city in a YouGov poll and a best place in the UK to live by The Sunday Times.
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